Handheld is an exhibition built to travel and is currently on display at the Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery.
Commissioned by Country Arts SA, the four pieces have been designed to fit inside a suitcase to enable easy transportation. Each of the artists, Nic Brown, Brad Lay, Lilly Buttrose and Cathy Sarles, explore ideas of home, travel and place. They have all chosen to do so in unique and varied ways.
Brown has gone back to her family home, a farm near Naracoorte, and documented this journey and the sense of place it now invokes for her.
Drawing on the natural environment around both their homes and further afield, Sarles and Buttrose are collectors, picking up bits of the environment and then using them to colour their artworks. Despite their similarities, they each approach home from a different aspect, and ask their audiences to participate in their work, building their own ideas of home.
Lay chooses to turn his attention off-shore, reminding us of our relationship with the ocean, be it a close one borne out of the intimate knowledge that life along the coast can bring, or a distant memory of a place once visited while on holiday.Visit website
Dates and times: From July 24 to November 27. From November 27, 2016 to March 26, 2017. From March 26 to July 23. From July 23 to November 26.